Undergraduate Institution and Major:
Centre College – Bachelor of Science in Psychology, May 2003
Graduate Institution and Degree:
Georgetown University – Master of Public Policy, May 2006
Relevant Professional Experience:
- Strategic Planning & Policy Analyst, Ohio Housing Finance Agency
- Director of Homeownership Preservation, Ohio Housing Finance Agency
- Outreach Director, Ohio Department of Commerce
- Senior Policy Analyst, National Governors Association, Center for Best Practices
Broadly, I am interested in how social and economic outcomes are impacted by policy design, politics, implementation and management. Substantively, my research focuses on the implementation and evaluation of housing policies and programs. My current program of research explores housing insecurity at the household and neighborhood levels, including evictions and homelessness for renters and mortgage default and foreclosures for homeowners. My dissertation investigates the relationship between residential evictions and homelessness with a focus on structural causes of eviction, including the availability and accessibility of nonprofit and government interventions and the risk of homelessness and recidivism after eviction for individuals with histories of incarcerations. I believe that qualitative research provides important insight and context that can inform quantitative research; as such, my dissertation employs a mixed methods research design. To compile the main dataset for my quantitative papers, I scraped 18 years of eviction court case records from the Franklin County Municipal Court website and matched these records to records of incarcerations in the county jail for the same 18 years as well as five years of Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) data. My quantitative papers examine the dynamics of eviction, incarceration, and homelessness. I use the random assignment of magistrates as an instrument for causal identification of the impact of evictions on recidivism and homelessness. For my qualitative research, I conduct semi-structured interviews with residents at evictions court, using a deductive-inductive design to explore structural factors that contributed to the eviction.
My scholarly work builds upon my experience working as a manager at the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA). For instance, my recent publication in Children and Youth Services Review, which examines short-term outcomes of homeless youth who participated in a youth-centered transitional housing program, stems from an evaluation of the program I began while working at the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA). Prior to returning to school in 2015, I worked for nearly a decade in various policy analyst and public manager roles. In 2009, I moved from Washington, DC to Columbus, OH to lead Ohio Governor Ted Strickland’s multi-agency foreclosure prevention initiative. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Treasury announced the new Hardest-Hit Fund (HHF) initiative to provide significant funding to bolster state efforts to prevent foreclosures. I acted as liaison between the Governor’s Office and the OHFA—the agency that would administer the funds throughout the joint program design and application process. Later that year, OHFA offered me a management position within its new HHF program. I managed two HHF offices before becoming the Director of the program in 2013. After working on the HHF program from inception to implementation through wind-down, I am now coauthoring two papers that investigate the loan performance and employment outcomes of the HHF program as a research analyst working with Dr. Stephanie Moulton.
In addition to my work on housing instability, I am coauthoring a paper that explores criminal recidivism as it relates to race, housing access and stability, and neighborhoods. I also enjoy engaging in applied research, working with members of the community to use research methods to solve policy problems. I currently volunteer with the Franklin County Prevent Family Homelessness Collaborative, leading the team’s data and evaluation work to develop a risk-assessment screening tool and a new, integrated service delivery system that aims to reduce family homelessness.
Office of Affordable Housing Research (Ohio Housing Finance Agency)
Selected Conference Presentations:
- Research Assistant – How Housing Matters to Families and Communities Initiative funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, evaluation of the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Hardest-Hit Fund foreclosure prevention program, through the Ohio Housing Finance Agency’s Office of Affordable Housing Research.
- Instructor of Record – Public Budgeting; Writing and Communications in Public Affairs
- Teaching Assistant – Writing and Communications in Public Affairs; State and Local Public Finance
- Research Assistant – Evaluation of the LIFT-UP Financial Empowerment Program, through the National League of Cities.
- “Locked out: Exploring Residential Evictions as a Pathway to Homelessness.” Presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management 2018 Fall Research Conference. Washington, DC. Nov 2018.
- “Estimating the Effect of Residential Foreclosure on Neighborhood Housing Prices: A Spatial Analysis.” Presented at the 2018 Ph.D. Conference on Real Estate & Housing. Columbus, OH: May 2018.
- “Estimating the Effect of Residential Foreclosure on Neighborhood Housing Prices: A Spatial Analysis.” Presented at the American Real Estate Society Annual Meeting. Bonita Springs, FL: April 2018.
- “Can Residential Mobility Predict Recidivism?” Presented at the American Society of Criminology 72nd Annual Meeting: New Orleans, LA: November 2016
- “Can Residential Mobility Predict Recidivism?” Presented at the Criminal Justice Research Institute. Columbus, OH: November 2016
- “Exploring Housing Instability and Recidivism Among Ohio Prisoners.” Presented at the Midwestern Public Affairs Conference. Columbus, OH: May 2016
Works in Progress:
- Pierce. S.C., Grady, B., & Holtzen, H. 2018. Daybreak in Dayton: Assessing characteristics and outcomes of previously homeless youth living in transitional housing. Children and Youth Services Review 88: 249-256. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.03.021
- Moulton, S., Harlow, D., Kondratjeva, O., & Pierce, S.C. 2016. “Implementation and Impact Evaluation of Local Interventions for Financial Empowerment through Utility Payments (LIFT-UP).” Prepared for the National League of Cities. Center of Financial Security, University of Wisconsin.
- Pierce, S.C., Grady, B., & Holtzen, H. 2016. “Daybreak, Inc. Impact Evaluation and Roadmap to Youth Housing Final Report.” Ohio Housing Finance Agency.
- Pierce, S.C. & Chun, Y. A Spatial Analysis of the Effect of Residential Foreclosure on Neighborhood Housing Prices.
- Holtzen, H., Moulton, S., Quercia, R.G., Riley, S., Brown, J., Chun, Y., & Pierce, S.C. Mortgage Assistance and Loan Performance: A Cross-State Analysis of the Hardest Hit Fund Program.
- Moulton, S., Brown, J., Holtzen, H., Chun, Y., Pierce, S.C., & Kondratjeva, O. Earnings and Employment Effects of Mortgage Assistance to Unemployed Homeowners.
November 2017. Co-Principal Investigator with Yung Chun. “Estimating the Effect of Residential Foreclosure on Neighborhood Housing Prices: A Spatial Analysis,” OSU Center for Real Estate at the Fisher College of Business. ($4,500)
Recent Academic and Applied Service Activities:
- Data and Evaluation Lead. Franklin County Prevent Family Homelessness Collaborative | 2018–Present
- Panel Organizer. 2018 APPAM Fall Research Conference. “Emerging Evidence on the Impact of Housing Instability on Individual and Family Well-Being.” 1:30 p.m., Nov 10, 2018.
- Co-Organizer, 2018 Real Estate and Housing Doctoral Student Conference
- Service Chair, John Glenn College Doctoral Student Organization, 2017-2018
- Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory
- Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
- Academy of Management 2018 Annual Meeting
Recent Academic Honors & Awards:
- National Minority Health Month Inaugural Lunch and Learn Lecture Series, “Incarceration and Homelessness in Franklin County.” OSU College of Nursing Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. |SP 2019
- Urban Spaces in the Global Economy (Geog 5501), “Evictions” | AU 2018
- Planning for Housing (5400, MPA), “Evictions” | SP 2018
- Writing and Communications in Public Affairs (2367, BA), “Legislative Research” | AU 2016
- Public Policy Formulation and Implementation (6000, MPA), “Hardest-Hit Fund Implementation in Ohio” | AU 2015
- Nominated for 2018 Presidential Fellowship from John Glenn College of Public Affairs, OSU
- OSU Center for Real Estate Research Grant, Fall 2017
- Criminal Justice Research Institute Travel Grant, Fall 2016
- Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM)
- Ohio State University Criminal Justice Research Center (CJRC)
- American Real Estate Society (ARES)
- American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association (AREUEA)
- Ohio State University Center for Real Estate